The West Australian

Ignition’s 2018 class set to rev into trade

- Ben Harvey

The eighth round of the Curtin University Ignition Program has wrapped up, with dozens of entreprene­urs receiving intensive training about how to scale up their business ideas.

More than 60 would-be businesspe­ople underwent five days of training, including 25 hours of mentoring, addresses from 19 speakers and panel sessions hosted by RSM’s Steve Carroll and AusIndustr­y’s Larry Lopez.

Venture capitalist Bill Tai and Perth’s angel investing community heard pitches in closeddoor settings.

Three stand-out pitches — Lacey Filipich from Maker Kids Club, Chevon Semmens from Little Land and Sian Reed from Club Soda — were selected to present to a public forum.

Ignition has been instrument­al in creating more than 200 businesses, including successful enterprise­s SEQTA, CV Check, RhinoHide, UDrew and Tap Into Safety.

Ignition alumni receive Curtin MBA program credits.

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Delegates gather at the 2018 Curtin University Ignition program.

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